No Country for Old Men

Film
Recommended
4 out of 5 stars
SILENCE IS GOLDEN Bardem walks tall and carries a quiet firearm.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN Bardem walks tall and carries a quiet firearm.

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Does anyone still need to be convinced that Joel and Ethan Coen's 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's pulp-fiction novel---a standout in an amazing annum of American cinema and the movie that coined the immortal friendo---is a must-own? The question isn't whether you should have this masterpiece on your shelf, but if this new collector's edition is worth picking up in lieu of the original DVD. The answer is yes, albeit with qualifications: One of the three discs is nothing but a digital copy of the movie, and there's no original supplementary material. Instead, you get the on-set electronic press kit, Josh Brolin's jokey making-of doc and a "timeline" of publicity appearances.

These bonuses, however, are mighty satisfying---on two West Texas--sized levels. First, for fans of the notoriously press-shy Coen brothers, the chance to hear them discuss their process is enough to plunk down cash; an included Charlie Rose segment features the reclusive siblings opening up about the process of making the movie. The second reason is that the collection of the actors' interviews offers a meta-anatomy of a modern press junket, allowing you to count the number of times Javier Bardem is questioned about his hair (five) and Brolin talks about his audition tape (seven). Granted, such things may not make this the ultimate edition. But to paraphrase the film's minence grise (Tommy Lee Jones), it'll do until the real one gets here.---David Fear

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